Shabbat Zimrah

Shabbat Zimrah is held approximately once a month, featurimg the Zimrah musicians (Yuval Ron on oud, Ava Nahas on percussion, Peter Gordon on ethnic flutes). Shabbat Zimrah is a soulful and spiritual experience of music, connection, and community. Our instrumentalists provide a Middle-Eastern feeling and a connection to the land of Israel.  Their varied backgrounds display an awareness and intention of healing between peoples and faiths. This monthly Shabbat program will be supported financially by the General Budget. 

Upcoming 2018 Dates
October 19, 2018
(More to be announced soon!)

Zimrah B’yachad (Joyful Music Together) Program made possible by Drs. Barry Silverman and Barry Lowitz in honor and memory of Linda Lowitz at University Synagogue. The program provides a number of added benefits to our community:

  • A recording of Shabbat Zimrah songs is currently available to our community. Contact Cantor Shapiro at for a CD or click here for the MP3s
  • Percussion instruments are available for use in our ECLC (Early Childhood Learning Center) and our Religious School.
  • Brock Pollock, a musician and educator, has been engaged to teach a school-year-long percussion and movement program to our smallest members in the ECLC. 
  • Ava Nahas, a percussionist and educator with an expansive knowledge of Middle Eastern drumming techniques, has been engaged to teach a school-year-long program to our older students in Religious School and Tichon, introducing the children to percussion traditions from around the world – including the Middle East. Children who participate in this program will be invited to participate musically in Shabbat Zimrah.

While supporting our successful Shabbat Zimrah program, this adds further value for our members at different learning stages. Our youngest members in the ECLC connect to our tradition through music and movement and will feel at home when coming to services for Shabbat Zimrah. They also will gain from music and movement in a developmental mode as young learners. Our older students learn about the significance of Middle-Eastern music in a comparative setting, learning that musical traditions span cultures and can create connections between people from vastly different cultures and backgrounds. They experience learning and camaraderie simultaneously and will have the chance to experience music in community as part of Shabbat services.